Illustrates that proper management of schedules, responsibilities, privileges and finances leads to a happier home.
Ken Smith notes: The Miller family is in a rut. Mom decides to take the initiative and "work out a system for living together in harmony." From now on, the family will be managed "like a business," with weekly family council meetings where everyone's responsibilities will be clearly outlined. This approach strikes the other family members as a terrific idea ("Say, mom -- you're swell!") and everybody ends up happy. Classic mid-century thinking. Son "Harold" has the best lines.
FAMILY LIFE PARENTS CHILDREN ARGUMENTS MEETINGS SCHEDULES LISTS FINANCES BUDGETS
Subject: Laughable But Good!
But this short movie concisely and clearly makes its point. No time is wasted here. Not exactly my favorite, but it's a classic example of its genre.
Subject: That Was The Trip They Saved Up For?
Does anybody else think that the female narrator at the beginning of this film is the same voice as the female dog Buck brought home in that episode of Married With Childrem?
Subject: Some truly nice ideas, but...
I sometimes watch these films and realize that I have NO clue what a real family in the 40s and 50s was actually like, because all of these films portray an ideal outcome and helpful, cooperative behavior from the whole family, and I know it can't possibly have been like that.
the film also features the trademark Coronet list making solution to the problem at hand, which always makes me chuckle a bit. Everything gets solved with a list at Coronet.
Subject: Come on, people.
Subject: Gee Mom You're Swell!
Subject: Family Therapy Through List-Making
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ****. Weirdness: ***. Historical Interest: ****. Overall Rating: ****.
Subject: CEO Mom
Subject: A Mixer is sacrificed...